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James Harden’s injury is progressing, but still ‘a ways to go’ from his return

James Harden continues to miss time after two setbacks with a hamstring strain. Harden is traveling with the team during the road stint and shot around Tuesday morning, but he is not doing high-intensity work just yet, which means no full-speed running.

“He’s shooting and doing all his strength and rehabilitation work,” Nash said. “So positive signs there, but still I think a ways to go.”

Harden has missed 13 of the Nets’ last 14 games after tweaking his hamstring in a March 31 matchup against the Houston Rockets, his former team. He returned after sitting out one game, but left after feeling discomfort four minutes into the Nets’ April 5 win over the Knicks.

James Harden is getting better but still has a long way to go before he's back on the court playing for real.

Harden then suffered an on-court setback during an April 19 workout session.

“He’ll be back when he’s back. That may not be until the playoffs. It may be sooner. I don’t know,” Nash said the following day. “We have no control over that other than working as hard as we can to support him and getting back to full health to play again. We’re prepared for whenever that may be.”

With only 11 games until the regular season ends, it’s unclear how much time Harden, Durant and Irving will have to play with one another before the games begin to matter. They have only played seven games together as a Big 3 since the mid-January deal that landed Harden in Brooklyn.

DINWIDDIE’S TIMELINE

Still no update on Spencer Dinwiddie, the talented combo guard who has been away from the team since suffering a partial ACL tear in his right knee three games into the season. Dinwiddie has been rehabbing in Los Angeles, and Nash reiterated his backup guard is “ahead of schedule” and progressing in his injury reports.

The coach, however, did not have a firm date for Dinwiddie’s return to Brooklyn.

“I think we’re feeling really good for this stage of the recovery,” Nash said. “I’m not sure exactly when he’s coming back, but the word is that he’s gonna be back with the team at some point, so, I don’t have a date, but I believe that he will join us at some point.”

Dinwiddie has posted his progress on Instagram and has advanced back to the basketball court. He is back to shooting jump shots after barely being able to walk on his injured leg.

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It remains unclear whether Dinwiddie will be able to return to the Nets this season, as the team has maintained his health is priority. But Nets GM Sean Marks also said it best: “I would never bet against Spencer Dinwiddie.”

ROAD TRIP

The Nets play seven of their next eight games on the road. In simpler terms, they’re in a stretch where they’ll be home for just seven of a possible 31 days. This season, however, has been thrown off from the jump: The season was reduced by 10 to 72 games, games have been postponed and players have been made available, then unavailable, due to the league’s strict COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

The Nets have actually been a decent team on the road with a 16-13 record away from home. That includes games without Harden, Durant and Irving, who have each missed time at different junctures of the season.

“I’m not even sure our team thinks about it,” Nash said of being on the road. “It’s not like you’re missing out on your personal life back at home. We’re kind of used to this truncated lifestyle, so I think everyone’s in a positive mood and just want to keep building, keep getting better, keep improving before the playoffs start, which is in a limited amount of time.”

BROWN BACK SOON

Bruce Brown did not travel with the Nets to Tampa for their Wednesday matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Nash said Brown had fluid drained from his knee, swelling ensued, and that the team expects him back Friday.

“The word he gave me was that it wasn’t limiting him so much, but I think when you have that much fluid in it, it’s beneficial to take it out and when you take it out, you do need a few days,” Nash said. “So, he’s positive, optimistic as we are that he’ll be back Friday. “


Source (Ny Daily news)

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